Artist, designer, and facilitator of TapeScape exhibit
Marketing, proposal manager, business development, and designer for architecture/engineering/design firms; LEED certification and documentation manager
Museum, Vespa, LEGO, music, VW, and curling geek
When I joined the board of directors for an emerging museum in Mankato- the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota- to help with analyzing suitable buildings and sites for the museum, who knew where it would lead me. We toured museums across the Midwest and all over the US to see how other museums were creating interesting experiences for both children and engaging with their adult caregivers.
One museum stood out over all the others, the City Museum in St. Louis. I was impressed by the creativity and surprises in every corner: slides, bridges, stairways, mosaics, artifacts, sculptures, and secret passages scattered in, on, and around a ten-story warehouse. It was a dream come true for our kids - and for me as well. What inspired me most was how this museum appeals to just about everyone- that no matter what age you are. If designed right and there are elements or details for everyone, you will be more engaged and interested in the museum.
As a board member and an artist, I left City Museum inspired to help create a unique museum, exhibit, and experience for my community that would be interesting to all ages. Soon after visiting St. Louis, I was paging through an Architectural Record Magazine, and stumbled across images of art installations by Numen For Use, the Slovenian architecture and industrial design firm, made of tape. It was a crazy visual of tape stretched projects across Europe: in an old building attic, between marble columns in a bank in Venice, or in a decommissioned air hanger in Berlin. I saw photos of people walking through them – some with kids – and I knew that I had to try to make one too.
This exhibit created a very unique museum exhibit and met our museum’s goals to have interactive, hands-on exhibits and engage children’s curiosity. It also filled the need for a large muscle exploration exhibit for a space our museum would only have for 7 months. The exhibit was a success. The attendance numbers for older children were the highest that we have ever had in three temporary locations and even got parents involved in play in the exhibit.
Since then I have multiple major installations of what I call TapeScape- a combination of Packing Tape and Landscape.
The TapeScape exhibit/installation is currently located at the following institutions:
- Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, PA (Three installations in 2013, 2016, and 2019)
- Wheel and Cog- Children's Museum of Hutchinson in Hutchinson, MN
And was previously in:
- Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, NY from October to December 2018
- Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, AZ from September 2018 to January 2019
- Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH from May to September 2018
- The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, MO from June to September 2018
- Meet D3 Celebration of Creativity in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2016
- Ipswich Art Gallery in Ipswich, Australia in 2016
- Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, CA (Two installations in 2012 and 2016)
- Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato, MN (Two installations)
- Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ/NYC Area
- Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN
- Manitoba Children’s Museum in Winnipeg, MB, Canada